(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 3, 2008)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
BEARING IN MIND:
Resolution AG/RES. 2323 (XXXVII-O/07), “Strengthening of the Inter-American Commission of Women,” which urged the Secretary General to take measures to support the work of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and to promote gender equity and equality within the Organization of American States (OAS) and in the Hemisphere; and
That, according to resolution AG/RES. 2161 (XXXVI-O/06), in the past five years the CIM has received additional priority mandates from the OAS member states without the corresponding budgetary appropriations;
That resolution AG/RES. 1732 (XXX-O/00), which adopted the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP), requested the General Secretariat to strengthen the Permanent Secretariat of the CIM by providing it with the necessary human and financial resources, and to help it obtain funds from private sources; and
That resolutions AG/RES. 1451 (XXVII-O/97), AG/RES. 1592 (XXVIII-O/98), AG/RES. 1625 (XXIX-O/99), AG/RES. 1777 (XXXI-O/01), AG/RES. 1941 (XXXIII-O/03), AG/RES. 2021 (XXXIV-O/04), AG/RES. 2124 (XXXV-O/05), and AG/RES. 2161 (XXXVI-O/06) repeatedly instructed the General Secretariat and the Permanent Council to make every possible effort to allocate technical, human, and financial resources to the CIM so it would be better equipped to perform its essential activities;
RECALLING that, in compliance with resolution AG/RES. 1741 (XXX-O/00), the CIM is responsible for coordinating the Third Meeting of Ministers or of the Highest-Ranking Authorities Responsible for the Advancement of Women in the Member States (REMIM-III); and
CONSIDERING that the human and financial resources allocated to the CIM in 2007 are still insufficient for it to comply fully with its mandates,
To reiterate its instruction to the Secretary General to provide the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), in its role as a specialized organization of the Organization of American States (OAS), with sufficient human and financial resources to strengthen its ability to carry out its growing mandates.
To reiterate its instruction to the Secretary General to include CIM projects and programs among the priorities presented to external donors for funding, and its invitation to individuals and national or international organizations, whether public or private, that wish to do so, to make voluntary contributions to support the development and implementation of CIM projects and programs.
To request the Secretary General to report, through the Permanent Council, to the General Assembly at its thirty-ninth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.
AG/RES. 2375 (XXXVIII-O/08)
THE INTER-AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATION COMMISSION AND
INTEGRATION OF THE PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS
INTO THE GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 3, 2008)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
The 2007 Annual Report of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) to the General Assembly (CP/doc.4282/08); and
The Report on the Situation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Americas Region (CP/doc.4282/08 add. 1), presented by CITEL;
That the mission of CITEL is to facilitate and promote the harmonious and comprehensive development of telecommunications, including information and communication technologies in the Americas, and to coordinate the efforts of member states and the private sector, ensuring the achievement of those goals for the good of society;
That CITEL plays an important role in facilitating the study of the changing environment of international telecommunications, providing relevant and timely information regarding telecommunication technologies; and
That, by resolution AG/RES. 2259 (XXXVII-O/07), “Strengthening Hemispheric Cooperation in the Framework of Efforts by the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission to Promote Telecommunication Development in the Region,” the General Assembly requested CITEL to present an annual report to the General Assembly containing concrete proposals on how to improve the status of information and communication technologies in the countries, for wide dissemination in the member states, the private sector, and other interested groups;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT:
The important role that telecommunications and information technologies play in the economic and social development of all countries and the provision of universal, sustainable, uniform, and affordable access to information;
The initiatives developed within the framework of implementation of the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas and the Plan of Action of Quito for the reduction of the digital divide in the region;
The persistence of the digital divide, despite the substantial growth and expansion of telecommunication services, and the hemispheric priority to eliminate this divide;
The increased efficiency and economy that new telecommunication technologies make possible, and the challenges they pose for the public and private sectors;
The positive impact of the increased use of telecommunications and of information technologies on the countries’ competitiveness; and
The need of countries that are vulnerable to natural disasters for reliable telecommunication systems;
The success of CITEL at the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference, where it submitted 468 inter-American proposals and established numerous joint positions on the issues discussed;
The other achievements of CITEL during 2007, which are highlighted in its annual report and include the following:
Approval of recommendations that promote network interoperability, the timely adoption of advanced technologies, the protection of critical infrastructure, and regional spectrum harmonization;
Twenty-six professional development courses in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which involved the granting of over 300 scholarships for professional telecommunications training;
The agreement with the ITU for the regional project “Reducing the Digital Divide and Advancing the Information Society in the Americas; and
The organization of seminars on priority issues, including the following: bridging the standardization divide; fraud in the use of telecommunication systems; the use of telecommunications in natural disaster-relief operations; and technical and regulatory aspects of the effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic emissions; and
CONSIDERING that the Regular Fund resources allocated to CITEL no longer suffice to cover the minimum expenses incurred by the CITEL Secretariat and, consequently, specific funds allocated for the exclusive use of the Permanent Consultative Committees, as per regulations, have been used to cover these costs,
1. To congratulate the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) for its achievements in 2007, particularly the progress made in the implementation of the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas, which seeks to create an inclusive Information Society.
2. To welcome the Report on the Situation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Americas Region, presented by CITEL.
3. To support CITEL in all aspects of telecommunications.
4. To urge member states to continue adopting the measures required to adapt to current trends in the development of telecommunications infrastructure and information technologies.
5. To encourage member states to continue implementing the commitments adopted at the Summits of the Americas with regard to telecommunications and information technologies, and to continue promoting and disseminating CITEL recommendations within their respective Administrations.
6. To urge CITEL and member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) to continue facilitating the development of inter-American proposals, positions, and common views for the 2008 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference, the 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference, the 2011 World Radiocommunication Conference, and other equally important events sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union.
7. To invite member states to accede to the Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations and to the Inter-American Convention on an International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP) and its Protocol of Amendment.
8. To instruct CITEL to continue assisting member states in the development of strategies to facilitate access to telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, as well as in the creation of an effective policy and regulatory framework for telecommunications and the assessment of the various cost models for the provision of accessible and sustainable services to all social strata of the population.
9. To urge member states to increase horizontal cooperation and the exchange of information, experiences, and best practices with regard to telecommunications and information technologies.
10. To request the Secretary General to take into consideration, when preparing the proposed program-budget for 2010 to be presented to the Preparatory Committee of the General Assembly, the financing that will be required for the Fifth Regular Meeting of the CITEL Assembly, to be held in 2010.
11. To request CITEL to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-ninth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.
AG/RES. 2376 (XXXVIII-O/08)